Last year Daron Atkins, a drafting teacher at North Surry High School, applied for a grant that would provide 20 students with a computer aided design (CAD) capable computer for their home.
Much to his surprise, his school was one of ten selected across the state to be given the computers. In part of the agreement to receive the computers, teachers must assign each student to design a modernist house and then submit that design to a student category of the NCMH Matsumoto Prize competition juried by residential architects.
A winner will be chosen from each high school to receive a scholarship to the North Carolina State University Design Day Camp in July 2015, a week-long camp. Atkins will give students in grades 9-11 applications to apply for the computer. Then he and a committee will choose the 20 students who are at need.
The NCSU Design camp has introduced more than 3,300 high school students to the world of design in architecture, landscape architecture, industrial design/art, graphic design and design studies, according to the organization.
According to Atkins, North Carolina has the third largest concentration of modern homes in the United States.
“Students will be taught form versus function in a house,” he said. This program will help teach them how to design this home. “If this only helps a student design their own home in the future that’s what we want.”
“This is a really great opportunity for the school,” said Paige Badgett, principal for North Surry High School, “We are about meeting the individual needs of the students and providing them with the opportunity to pursue a career in something they are interested in.”
Each school receives 20 desktop computers valued at $350 dollars each and one NCSU Design Day Camp scholarship valued at $700 dollars, for a total per school award for $7,700 dollars.
In addition to North Surry, the schools received the grants are: Scotland High School in Lauringburg; West Mongomery High School in Mt. Gilead; Eastern Alamance High School in Mebane; Jacksonville High School in Jacksonville; Wallace-Rose Hill High School in Teachey; Corinth Holders High School in Wendell; Newton-Conover High School in Newton; and Rolesville High School in Rolesville.
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